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Plan Making: Newleaf Bonnyrigg Public Housing Re-development


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Introduction

The Bonnyrigg Living Communities Project (also known as NewLeaf) is a NSW Government initiative to redevelop and revitalise a large 1970s public housing estate in Western Sydney. The project is the first time that the Premier’s Council for Active Living (PCAL) Designing Places for Active Living guidelines have been included in the formal condition of consent for a major development process. As a result, project participants are paying ongoing attention to ways in which the redeveloped estate can be designed to promote active living. The aims of this condition are to help residents reduce vehicle use, encourage walking and cycling, and increase social interaction, in part by linking the development with the significant existing transport and community and commercial infrastructure in the surrounding area. Stage 1 of the redevelopment features medium density housing within a network of footpaths, placing most residents within a 5–10 minute walk of the nearby rapid bus transit system and local retail, commercial and community services in Bonnyrigg Town Centre. This first stage also includes the revitalisation of an open space corridor to enable people to walk or cycle to new recreational and sporting facilities and more generally within their local neighbourhood.

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